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Subject: Scariest
Date Posted: 2/21/2008 11:03 AM ET
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What book bothered you the most or scared the crap outta ya?

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 11:15 AM ET
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The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum.  The subject matter bothered me as I know it's loosely based on true events.  I don't think that I've ever had a regular book scare the crap out of me, and the closest anything has come has been issue #05 of the comic book Faust (yes that's partly where my nym came from).  I read it, felt dirty, and then by pure coincidence, became very sick.  At the time I swore the book caused it , and I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I walked 5 miles in a New England winter to buy it. ;)

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 6:41 PM ET
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Ummmm. The Girl Next Door bothered me the most, but as far as creeped me out the most it would probably have to be one of Bentley Little's books. The Policy , The Store or The Resort.

I had to put the book down and wonder just what kind of sick mind can think of all this stuff.

His next one doesn't come out until August! Can't wait.

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 7:42 PM ET
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First book that scared me was Stephen Kings IT.

Other then that I havent read any books since that scare me, some claim to be but have yet to live up to the statement.

I have not read the Girl next door and think I might!

Subject: ok, I broke down and ordered two Ketchum
Date Posted: 2/21/2008 8:01 PM ET
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Well I'm diving right in it seems, ordered two by Ketchum "the girl next door" and "offseason"

    I will be quick to post my opinions on at least one of these.......lol

 

                            peace and blessings

 

                                                    bill

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 9:03 PM ET
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The Bone Parade by Mark Nykanen stayed in my mind for a really long time after I read it because it was one of those psychological ones that could really happen. I have it on my keeper shelf and I don't tend to keep very many.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 11:28 AM ET
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I have the Bone Parade TBR, but I'm trying to read through some wishlist books 1st.  The back copy seemed good, so at least now I know that it should be :)

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 1:42 PM ET
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I've never had one scare me but the one that bothered me was Survivor by J.F. Gonzalez. It was a sick book. I love the book for it's shock value and have it on my keeper shelf but the baby was a bit too much.

 Always willing to do deals on my books.

Will take any book on my wishlist in any condition as long as it's readable.

Christa:)

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 1:54 PM ET
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Survivor was great, Part one was originally the whoel story, entitled Maternal Instinct, but he expanded it with Part 2 for the mass market edition.  I think that the story works both ways, but if you stopped after Part one, it seems to leave much more for the reader to think about.  I've read a book of J.F.'s short stories that was quite good, but I still have The Beloved and the original TPB of Shapeshifter TBR.  Nothing are as extreme as Survivor.  Bully, which is available as a TPB was quite good as well, and was a much more sedate coming of age type book.

Date Posted: 2/22/2008 1:57 PM ET
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Christa, it looks like you already knew about Maternal Instinct though ;)  I hope you find Risen by J. Knight, that was a good one!

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 4:04 PM ET
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Hi Steven,

I am dying to get Maternal Instinct but can't seem to get it. I ordered it from the publisher and still couldn't get it.  Now I can't wait to get Risen!!! I love books that shock.  Survivor is my favorite book ever. I am always looking for new authors and always looking for more horror!!!

Christa:)

Date Posted: 2/23/2008 4:58 PM ET
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Christa, unless you are looking for it from a collector's point of view, you have Maternal instinct.  Part one of Survivor was originally published as Maternal instinct.  Part 2 was added on to make it mmpb length.  Delirium (the publisher) hasn't had copies of Maternal Instinct in 4-5 years.  There were only 150 HCs done and I believe 300 TPBs  the last HC I saw on ebay went for @$125, and I don't think I've seen a TPB sold.  So if you just want to read it, you have, but it you want it to collect, good luck.  you might find one on Horror-Mall if someone puts it up for consignment, but I would guess the HC would be at least $175 by this point.  The Risen however, can still be found used for $3-4.  I read it a couple of years ago, and it was a fun read.

Date Posted: 2/24/2008 10:34 PM ET
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It would be a three way tie between "The Lord of the Flies", "Pet Sematary" and "Burnt Offerings".  The first bothered me so much because in a way i hated to believe people could deteriorate and lose their humanity so quickly. The second didn't bother me, until I had children, and I haven't read it since. The third by a man named Marisco, had a scene where a little boy drowned in a pool in front of his father, who was paralyzed and unable to do anything. That scene bothered me for a long time.

Date Posted: 2/25/2008 12:59 PM ET
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Steven, I do collect horror and true crime. I have 1000+ books in my collection and hoping to add this one too. I live in a small town so books are hard to come by. I have to travel 60 miles to get to the nearest book store. I'll just keep trying I guess:)

Christa:)

Date Posted: 2/26/2008 9:43 AM ET
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There a Hellblazer TPB I read (i forget which) where John Constatine pretends to be in love with his friend's mother's evil monkey familier and buys it lingerie and pines over it. Not so much scary as disturbing.

Date Posted: 2/27/2008 1:52 PM ET
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I'll have to go with Burnt Offerings also. As a kid, that was the first book I picked up in the adult section of the library and it scared the heck out of me.  After that, I'd have to say The Exorcist followed by The Amityville Horror.  I must have gotten immune to being scared as I got older - because while I've read books that could be categorized as scary, none have had the power to terrify me like those first few. 

Date Posted: 4/18/2008 7:01 PM ET
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Salem's Lot by King did it for me.  Also, The Incubus by Ray Russell.

Date Posted: 4/23/2008 7:58 PM ET
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These books sound so interesting - I think my TBR pile just got a little higher!

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 12:31 AM ET
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Came  A Spider by Edward Levy creeped me out really bad, spiders give me the creeps and that book was about these genetically enhanced massive tarantulas that ate people. Kind of like a cheesy sci fi movie but it made me keep watching for spiders. Still gives me chills just thinking about some parts of that book.

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 3:22 PM ET
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I really like Misery-Pet Semetary.  I jut read Geralds Game-and that is kinda stuck in my mind right now.  But TRUE horror?  I think I'll go with Missery and one I read not long ago-but can't remember the name-a killer chased 2 girls cross country pretending to be a salesman??? Killing all kinds of people???